Name: Katherine Glick
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor, NJ and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, NJ
LPC License Number: 37PC00477600
LCADC License Number: 37LC00180700
Where you live: Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Brentwood, NY
Amount of time working at Talkspace: three years
Time working as a therapist: eight years
Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
I had wanted to be in the health field since I was young, starting with wanting to be a doctor. I became fascinated with psychology and human behavior from my first year of college, and decided to change tracks from biology/pre-med to psychology and never looked back. I’ve felt that being a helper/healer in some capacity was what I should be doing with myself and my career. It feels right.
What made you start working at Talkspace?
Three years ago, I hired a consultant to design the website for my company/private practice. That woman happened to be good friends with Roni, the co-founder of TS (then called Talktala).
Roni was looking for therapists to join the team (there were only five of us at that time!). I had been curious about the new online counseling modality and had heard of some businesses starting to offer those services, so joining the TS team made sense.
What has made you feel the most pride in your work?
I was initially unsure of how online therapy would work and whether it could be as helpful as traditional therapy. Since I’ve been with Talkspace, I’ve learned how to adapt my clinical skills in a way that can be helpful and have a positive impact through the online format. I’ve had some great outcomes with clients over the past three years.
Can you think of a specific moment that was inspiring?
I had a client who had been considering suicide pretty frequently before starting our work on TS. After a few months she was successfully discharged and said TS had saved her life. She felt a new sense of resiliency and confidence she could handle anything life threw at her.
Why is what you do important?
I think any job/career where you’re helping someone is important. I feel grateful I am able to build relationships with people in a way that is helpful to them, and that I have the opportunity to help guide them in improving their lives and health. To be part of that process is a gift.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Be open to the process of learning more about yourself, especially the parts you have avoided, as well as the idea of making personal changes. Going through any sort of change is not easy, and we often backtrack once the process gets hard. Commit yourself to changing for the better, and don’t let obstacles stand in your way.
What do you do for fun?
I play sports! I played competitive rugby for seven years before retiring a couple years ago. Now I play softball, soccer, do yoga and occasionally do crossfit when I’m feeling ambitious.